This blog is where you can read about the places we work to protect and the people on the front line. The scope of this blog covers planning, the policies and legal framework that exists to protect the best places for wildlife and of, of course, the individual cases that are the daily work of staff across the UK. We help BirdLife International partners overseas – and you will be able to read contributions from Europe and further afield.
Of course – probably of the best way to save a site is to a acquire it as a nature reserve – this blog will sometimes feature our reserves and the role they play in future of our wildlife, but the full story of the RSPBs network of nature reserves is told elsewhere: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves
This blog features the contributions of many individuals – I will have the pleasure of holding the ring and acting as the narrator to this compelling story. So a little about me; I’m Andre Farrar and my first active involvement with the RSPB was in the late 1970s as a volunteer with our Leeds Local Group http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/leeds.
I was one of many who wrote to their MPs as part of the campaign to get the best outcome for what became the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). It wasn’t perfect but it was a good start. Thirty years on, I’m still in the thick of it campaigning for our protected areas and special places for wildlife. Are we winning? Read on and find out, and see how you can help.
The first document has just landed and is currently having its details unpacked.
To readers of this blog the many and various proposals to build large airports in the Thames estuary have been regularly covered, here's some background.
Sufficient it to say that we think this is a very bad and dangerous idea – for safe flying, for local communities, for the environment of the Thames estuary and for its wildlife. These are arguments that will play out in the context of a consultation in airport capacity in the South East of England.
And we have been geared up for that consultation in parallel with the Government’s draft Aviation Policy Framework. But they’ve been disconnected, the Framework now and the South East and its options in the autumn.
Whether politically-driven or delayed by process matters little as the economic drivers within the Framework now skew the argument from the start and risk missing the wider context of impact on our climate, on our communities and on our environment.
We’ll be making sure the dots are joined.
Here’s RSPB Conservation Director on the tests that need to be applied.
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Justine Greenings announcement confirms the UK Government’s continued pursuit of economic growth regardless of the cost to people, wildlife and our environment.
If these consultations are to truly be evidence based then the government must join all the dots as you say. We will be watching this blog with great interest and we urge everyone to do the same and respond to this important draft document before the 31st October
Friends of the North Kent Marshes
Conservation and Communities United
Saying NO Estuary Airport